Was the F-111 a good aircraft?
The F-111 Aardvark pioneered several, now common-place technologies such as the afterburner, variable-sweep wings and automated, low-level, terrain-following radar.
Was the F-111 a failure?
Though it stumbled in its early life, the Aardvark ultimately proved itself a capable strike aircraft.
Why was the F-111 called the Pig?
The Aardvark name originated from the Afrikaans language, meaning “earth-pig,” which the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) shortened to “pig.”
What happened to Australia’s F-111?
Though it proved to be a highly successful and fearsome aircraft, the RAAF eventually retired the F-111 due to age and upkeep costs.
Did the F-111 have a gun?
The Aardvark was capable of carrying a single 20mm M61a1 Vulcan Gatling cannon used for close-in, air-to-air engagements, though it was rarely fitted to the aircraft.
What plane replaced the F-111?
The majority of F-111s were replaced by the F-15 Strike Eagle.
Was the F-111 used in Vietnam?
In early 1968, six F-111s of the 474th Tactical Fighter Wing were deployed to Southeast Asia to test the aircrafts’ capabilities in real combat. Unfortunately, two were lost and their airframes were never recovered.
How many bombs could the F-111 carry?
The Aardvark had nine hard points in total, allowing it to carry up to 31,500 lbs.
Could the F-111 dogfight?
Primarily designed for ground attack, strategic bombing, reconnaissance and electronic warfare, the Aardvark had the capability of dogfighting.
How fast could the F-111 fly?
Utilizing its variable wings and afterburner, the Aardvark could accelerate to approximately Mach 2.5, or 1900mph.